What is an OB-GYN doctor?
While all primary care providers are trained in women’s health and most can perform routine annual exams, Pap tests, and other care specific to women, OB-GYNs specialize in this area exclusively. They can treat all conditions related to the female reproductive system including hormonal problems, urinary incontinence, pelvic floor disorder, sexually transmitted diseases and more.
OBGYNs can perform a wider array of gynecologic procedures, such as an endometrial biopsy, D&C, cryosurgery to treat pre-cancerous cervical conditions and other disorders.
They can also counsel patients about different birth control options, such as IUDs, birth control pills, vaginal rings, diaphragms, injections, implants, and more, and they can prescribe the medications or perform procedures to implant longer-acting options.
Similarly, they can help diagnose and treat infertility problems.
Helping women prepare their bodies for pregnancy and childbirth and providing care for women (and their unborn babies) throughout pregnancy and during the post-partum period are also services commonly offered by a dedicated OB-GYN. They can treat pregnancy-related
conditions and complications of pregnancy. They can help women through labor and delivery and can deliver babies.